The Premier League came back with a vengeance on Saturday, producing 20 goals in six games. It's only Week 1, but some fans are already mashing the panic button after a bad performance. Here's what we saw on the first day of action in England.
Spurs look good, but they need to get aggressive in the transfer market
Hugely frustrating result, but overall there are a lot of positives to take away from this match.— Cartilage Free Capt. (@cartilagefree) August 8, 2015
But here’s an idea: let’s buy a central midfielder and a backup striker.— Cartilage Free Capt. (@cartilagefree) August 8, 2015
Nabil Bentaleb had an absolute shocker for Spurs, committing the turnover for the only goal in United's 1-0 win. His midfield partner, Eric Dier, is a natural center back. In the second half, Spurs moved winger Nacer Chadli to center forward, and it didn't work. Spurs did well to hang with Man United at Old Trafford, but they're a couple of good signings away from competing for top four.
Jordan Amavi can BALL
No shut up, YOU have a giant crush on Amavi. https://t.co/1SljySTZFk— 7500 To Holte (@7500toHolte) August 8, 2015
Aston Villa's 21-year-old French left back made his debut against Bournemouth on Saturday, and he was the clear man of the match in their 1-0 win. He dominated his flank in all phases of the game and kept Matt Ritchie -- the Cherries' top player -- pretty quiet. Tim Sherwood appears to have purchased a gem.
Everton fans are getting restless
FT. First day and 2 points dropped against a promoted side for the second successive season. Ridiculous.— Royal Blue Mersey (@RBMersey) August 8, 2015
Everton don't bother turning up till they're behind. It's ridiculous.— Royal Blue Mersey (@RBMersey) August 8, 2015
Between Roberto Martinez's sensational first season in charge and the price tag on Romelu Lukaku, Toffees supporters expect their team to finish in the top seven. They didn't do it last season, and on the evidence of their opening game against Watford, they're not looking much better this season. Martinez might have a good relationship with chairman Bill Kenwright, but Evertonians will be calling for his head by late fall if his team doesn't get off to a better start.
Sunderland, meanwhile, are used to this sort of thing
Leicester City took 3-0 and 4-1 leads on Sunderland before settling into their 4-2 victory. Black Cats captain Lee Cattermole was subbed off in the 30th minute with zero tackles and zero interceptions, having just given away a penalty. It was a disaster.
Sunderland there, playing like a football is something they've never fucking seen.— Roker Report (@RokerReport) August 8, 2015
But when things get really bad, at least Sunderland fans know how to have a bit of fun.
In 2011, a man from Minnesota was arrested for converting a vibrator into explosive device and giving it to his ex-girlfriend as Xmas gift.— Roker Report (@RokerReport) August 8, 2015
Crystal Palace are going to be really fun
We don't have a Palace or Norwich City blog, so here'sbeating three defenders before passing to , who beats the offside trap with an assist for Yohan Cabaye's first goal in a Palace shirt.
(Credit: Reddit user punerisaiyan)
They beat Norwich, 3-1, bringing Yannick Bolasie,and Wickham off the bench. They didn't even play Dwight Gayle or Patrick Bamford. Their midfield and attacking depth is spectacular for a mid-table side.
Chelsea weren't told this was a real game
Chelsea have a great team and a great manager, so they're going to be just fine. Still, it would have been nice if they played like this one counted in the standings. They're usually the sharpest and most focused team in the Premier League, and certainly didn't look like it against Swansea. Thibaut Courtois' red card was their worst moment of the match.
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